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Guidance for the diagnosis and management of suspected or proven Escherichia coli O157 infection. 01 Jan 2004

In response to the Final Report from the Task Force for E. coli, the Scottish Executive Health Department invited and sponsored the Scottish Infection Standard and Strategy Group (SISS) to set up a working group to develop guidance relating to the management of patients with known or suspected E. coli O157 infection.

It is not within the remit of this document to provide an evidence-based guideline or clinical algorithm of care; the guidance statements are not, therefore, supported by specific references. The statements in this guidance are based on:

  • The best available evidence
  • Core recommendations of the E. coli O157 Task Force Final Report
  • Key existing literature
  • A broad consensus of clinical and public health experience
  • The expertise of the working group members

The statements cover the following:

  • Education and awareness
  • Patient referral to hospital or specialist services
  • Patient investigation
  • Laboratory protocol for stool investigation
  • Infection control
  • Clinical Management
  • Public Health Management
  • Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Last Updated : 14/09/2017